Integra, one of the largest communications and networking services companies on the American West Coast, has signed up to occupy around 85,000 sq ft of office space in the city of Vancouver in Washington State.
Not to be confused with Vancouver in Canada, Vancouver in Washington State forms part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, despite the fact that those two neighbouring cities lie technically in different states.
Integra’s plan is to consolidate its Portland-area workforce from multiple locations to a single site at 18110 SE 34th Street in Vancouver, where it has now signed a lease to occupy open and accessible office space on a substantial scale.
The terms of the deal mean Integra will see out its existing leases on office space in Vancouver and Portland before moving staff to its new regional base from June 2014. “Significant investment” has been allocated to cover the costs of improvement work aimed at bringing the new offices up to scratch and tailoring them to the needs of the telecoms company.
“With this facility, we’ll be able to maximize our efficiency and enhance our communication by housing most of our key, centralized functions under one roof in a dynamic, sophisticated commercial space,” said Integra’s chief financial officer Jesse Selnick in a statement.
“Our people were a critical factor in our selection process. Roughly half of our employees in the Portland Metro area currently reside in Washington,” explained Felicity O’Herron, Integra’s senior vice president of human resources.
Integra provides communications and networking services to businesses in as many as 35 different cities in the western states of the USA. The company has said it intends to maintain some operating bases in the state of Oregon but outside of Portland even after its local office consolidation efforts are complete, specifically in the cities of Salem, Eugene, Bend and Lake Oswego.